Taken 2

Wednesday, December 07 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Taken 2

JOY REVIEW

Taken 2 stars Liam Neeson as the CIA Assassin, who In Taken 1 rescues his daughter from a life of white slavery, and in this one, he’s still estranged from his wife and his daugher hasn’t gotten over her traumatic experience.  Through all sorts of plot devices, the three of them end up together in Istanbul and though he has to work for three days, he’s going to take them sight seeing.  The daughter assumes this is a chance for the parents to fall back in love with one another, but things are never as they seem.  If it’s called Taken 2 we assume someone has to be kidnapped, and as someone at the theater said “well this isn’t as fresh as the first one,” but of course not, it’s the second one.  However, director Olivier Megaton has the support of the great director/writer Luc Besson, and instead of the father looking for the daughter, in this one the daughter is looking for her father, and that’s enough of a change of pace.  The Car chase involving the daughter driving a stolen taxi is wonderful and Liam Neeson does bring something to the role that a lesser actor wouldn’t, so three and a half stars.

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